How To Make Mahewu (Amarewu, Mageu, Mabhundu, Mapotho)

There is a huge interest in the role of fermented foods for overall health. Social media, magazines and health food stores all tout the benefits of foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi and yogurt as functional foods whose benefits in overall health extend beyond nutrition.  The African diet is rich in fermentation with  foods such

What A Toddler Can Teach You About Healthy Eating.

  When my kids were younger and my mother-in-law would visit, she would spoil them with scrumptious homemade treats.  Each day the kitchen was  filled with the sweet scent of cardamom, coconut milk, sugar, flour and butter simmered to perfection in a sizzling hot pan of oil as she made fresh mandazi ( donuts)- a huge favorite

Fresh or Frozen Veggies. Which Is The Better Choice?

Frozen food in the refrigerator. Fact:  If you grow your own vegetables and eat them soon after picking, , the statement that fresh vegetables are healthier than frozen may hold some truth. Just picked vegetables contain more vitamins and minerals than their frozen counterparts. However, the longer a "fresh"  vegetable is kept before

10 Tips to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

I am constantly being asked for weight loss advice. Most of the times, people want my opinion on the latest diet fads circulating the market and when I deliver the grim message that "fad diets don't work," they look at me with utter disbelief before narrating how Jane lost weight on the "diet" as did Brenda, Peter and Paul.

Just How Much Are You Eating?

If there's one thing about nutrition that I consistently promote, it's the fact that portions matter. It's simple advice alright, but judging by our expanding waistlines and the research suggesting that many of us underestimate the amount of calories we eat (especially when it comes to fatty, sugary or salty processed foods), it's advice that

Mopane Worms

Also known as: Madora (Shona), Amacimbi (Ndebele), Masonja (Venda), Phane (Tswana), Infinkubala (Bemba) Commonly consumed in the Southern African countries especially Botswana, South African, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Mopane worms breed between August and November and are harvested from the ground, trunks and leaves of the mopane tree. (Colophospermum Mopane) How prepared After harvesting, the worms

Fermented Beverages

Also Known as: Mahewu (Shona), Amarewu (Xhosa), Amahewu (Zulu) Togwa (Tanzania), Mabundu (Venda), Mapotho Mahewu (As I grew up calling it) is a traditional African beverage enjoyed by millions. Derived from fermenting cereals such as maize (corn), millet and sorghum, it can be consumed hot or cold and is commonly served as a thirst quencher,

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